Ulhasnagar Transport Service stops…
Ongoing arguments over the Mayor’s chair from past four months in between the Shivsena and the Sai Party have delayed the decision over increase in fare charges
Ulhasnagar: The contractor who used to provide transport service to citizens of Ulhasnager, have stopped the service. It is because the ongoing arguments over the Mayor’s chair from past four months in between the Shivsena and the Sai Party have delayed the decision over increase in fare charges.
Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation started a contractual transport service and gave the contract to Kestrel Infrastructure Private limited, a Ulhasnagar based transport company.
In the first phase, the transport service was started at minimum rate of Rs 3 when the diesel prices were Rs 38 per liter. But during September 2011, the diesel prices soared to Rs 46 per liter. Thus the contractor demanded an increase of fare by two rupees and demanded the fare should be of Rs 5.
It is because of obstinate behavior of the civic administration and of the corporators, the increase in fare could not take place in span of one year, when diesel was priced at Rs 58 per liter.
When the contractor was bearing the loss in crores, Municiapl Corporations like Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan-Dombivali had increased the fare up to Rs 7 for first phase of transport services.
Thus the contractor asked the increase in fare price in September 2012, but the demand could not be satisfied. The contractor had bared the loss of around Rs 8 crore in past two years. At present the diesel price is Rs 66 per liter.
Asha Idnani, Mayor of Sai party whose party is in coalition with the Shivsena- BJP, is not ready to leave the chair as per their contract. In result, Shivsena and BJP disturb the municipal corporation proceedings. Thus, issues of public interest have been kept pending. Increase in bus fare price is one of them.
No salary to employees from Two months
Around 200 workers have been employed to run the 27 bus carrying transport service. On every month the contractor bears the sum of Rs 11 lakh as salaries of the employees. Raja Gemnani, proprietor, Kestrel infrastructure said that the company had to bear the charge of Rs 15 lakh from past two months. He also said that because of that the employees had not been paid their salaries, thus the employees are on the verge of losing their jobs as the company had given them the notice to look for another job.
Auto Rickshaw business in boom
The rickshaw drivers are permitted by Regional Transport Office to charge Rs 7 for the first phase. In absence of transport service, the auto drivers are benefiting themselves and charging the commuters around Rs 12.